Overall: 9 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. ( 23.8 x 13.7 x 15.9 cm ) Silver Weight with handle: 50 oz (troy) 4 dwt (1561 g)
Louis XV coffee pot; raised pear-shaped body on three cast scroll feet with applied acanthus leaves on the legs and shield-shaped joints with horizontal bands surrounded by foliate garland, shells and topped with leaves; molded bands below the plain rim; circular, hinged, domed lid with applied, cast reeded bundles wrapped with bands around the rim; cast foliate medallion applied in the center around foliate finial; scroll and acanthus thumbpiece over the cylinder hinge and the foliate swagged hinge-plate with a leaf drop; applied, cast spout with a swag garland and shell motif over a shield and foliate drop below and a notched lip; cylindrical handle-socket with a reeded bundle wrapped in bands around the edge and a circular juncture surrounded by a foliate band; straight turned wooden handle (replacement); center of the body engraved with the Livingston family arms, surmounted by crest of a three-masted ship; banner below inscribed, "SPERO MELIORA" in roman letters; maker's marks struck on the underside.
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Engraved at front center: the Livingston family arms, includes quartered shield with three gilly flowers within a tressure flory at quarters 1 and 4, counter flory, 2 quartered with three gilly flowers in a chevron in 1 and 4 and 2 and 3 three crescents, 3 a bend between six billets, surrounded by a garland and surmounted by a ship of three masts, with a banner below inscribed, "SPERO MELIORA" in roman letters. Mark: stamped at underside of lid and at bottom of body: "A" crowned (Paris charge mark from 1774-80 period), "M" crowned with conforming surround (Paris town mark of 1775), "J N/ R" below a trefoil and crown (le poincon de maitre).
This coffeepot was owned by Robert R. Livingston (1748-1814), U.S. Minister to France from 1801 to 1804. It was likely purchased in Paris by Gouverneur Morris, who served as ambassador to France durin